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The off-Broadway musical review Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris will open at the Charing Cross Theatre in central London on 18 October 2014, following previews from 16 October, running until 22 November 2014.
The production will be directed by Andrew Keates and feature a cast that includes Daniel Boys, Gina Beck, David Burt and Eve Polycarpou.
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue of the greatest works by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. This production uses the definitive English translations of Brel’s works by Mort Shurman and Eric Blau accompanied by the orchestral arrangements by Eric Svejcar from the 2006 Off-Broadway production. The 2006 off-Broadway production ran at the Zipper Theater, New York City and was nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards.
Described as being "haunting, sometimes funny, heart-wrenching and vividly poetic", the songs of Jacques Brel explore the human condition through honest storytelling, with themes of joy and sorrow, love and loss, war and peace and life and death.
Charing Cross Theatre producers said that they were "delighted" to be presenting the show, saying "We feel it will have a freshness and relevance that will allow it to resonate with modern-day audiences, much as its 1968 counterpart did with audiences of that time."
Director Andrew Keates most recently directed the European premiere of 'Dessa Rose' at the Trafalgar Studios, as well as 'Passing By' at the Tristan Bates, and the first London revival of 'As Is' by William M. Hoffman at the Finborough Theatre.